Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
Question: Who were “the prophets”?
Answer: The Old Testament of the Bible is filled with stories of the ancient prophets: those men who were spiritually in-tune with God, and to whom God revealed His special messages for the Children of Israel. During hundreds of years in the history of the Hebrew people, the prophets brought warnings of what would happen if the people did not remain faithful to God and obey Him. For their unrelenting honesty, the prophets were often reviled or persecuted by both the Hebrews and their idol-worshipping enemies. You will want to study the lives of these prophets — people like Moses, Elijah, Elisha, Jeremiah, Hosea, and Amos.
In the “Glossary” of our textbook, Mary Baker Eddy defines “prophet” as “a spiritual seer;
disappearance of material sense before the conscious facts of spiritual Truth.” (S&H 593)
In your study of the prophets, perhaps you will see how the “facts of spiritual Truth,”
developed over time. Jesus was also a prophet, and Mrs. Eddy has proven to be a prophet,
or spiritual seer, as well. Both of them have tried to be honest to their followers: that true
Christians and Christian Scientists will have to face some form of persecution as they step forward to help mankind.
Further Study: You can start reading about Elijah in I Kings 17, or find a shortened version in a storybook.
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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Two: The Beatitudes”
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